Large Screen Smartphones are Cutting into Tablet Sales

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AFDozerman

Meh, I wish I could just get a 7 inch tablet, leave it in my pocket and use a bluetooth or a perfect sized bluetooth detachable handpiece, completely forgetting about phones altogether, but I don't think that society would accept that entirely. There's also the issue that most people don't wear pants with pockets like I do.

I think Blackberry was headed in the right direction with BlackBerry Bridge, and my playbook was the best built tablet I've owned, i'd say it was even better designed than my current nexus 7. Too bad they've given up further development for the time being.

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NavarWynn

I use a tablet for 4-10 hrs a day. I take all my notes on a galaxy note 8, and the software and stylus allow me to integrate pictures text and handwriting easily and fluently. I use it at school and at work. the bluetooth keyboard allows me to type and modify docs, pdfs, ppts and spreadsheets (though ALL the office software is terrible compared to OO or LO or even *snicker* MS office.) though it is a bit of a chore -- better office software would fix that. I can save/access stuff to a USB drive w/ USB OTG (though my stick plugs in directly) - and, best of all, it fits in a cargo pocket. While I will certainly replace it at some point, it will probably be when the battery starts to crap out.

I find myself laughing at folks with giant phones though. Once I got caught when the guy turned around. I was miming him with a scrap of fence board. It was pretty funny, though he did not seem to find it so. ...IDK, I don't get it... maybe they make big phones for folks who lack manual dexterity - kind of like how little kids get giant blocks.

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John Pombrio

I am flummoxed on how to take notes fast enough on a virtual keyboard. I simply cannot keep up. Way too many mistakes too. I guess I am too old to adapt.

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The Mac

agreed, virtual keyboards are way too unresponsive.

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comoncents

I think one of the major reasons for the rise of phablets even though they're huge to carry for a phone is the ease of connectivity. I have an 8" Window 8 tablet that I like but it's wifi only and they don't even make a 4G version.

My Samsung Note is 5.5 and it is always connected meaning a lot more convenient. I find myself wanting to use the tablet because of the cool factor and a bigger screen-but saving time proves to be the overriding factor in most instances, so the tablet really is not needed.

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CSbeer

I'm hoping for the day when a full x386 OS is fitted onto a smartphone. I've been using an 8" win8 tablet and it has replaced my netbook completely and cut into some of the work load of my laptop. Looking at these 1080p smartphones, it's a shame there's not a micro HDMI out on these. Kind of a waste having 400+ dpi on a screen. Lets go Microsoft, redeem yourselves and get a Lumia out there with micro HDMI and win 8 (not RT).

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Benjo

There is also market saturation. No need to replace tablets like Kindle Fire HDs bought in the last couple of years unless they get damaged.

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The Mac

As a Nook HD+ owner all ive got say its its freakin slow....

The problem i have is its perfectly fine. Its just way too slow for much of anything other than reading. SO i would have to retire a $180 device and replace it with a $500 device to get the speed i want.

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John Pombrio

Paul and I both read last January on Digitimes that there was a large decrease in demand for tablet screens by manufacturers. Blame it on smartphones or the weather or changing customer tastes, but it was inevitable.

Tablets are limited in their abilities just like netbooks and chromebooks. Netbooks have already faded away and tablets have saturated the limited market for folks who actually use them on a daily basis.

The biggest impact is going to be on Apple. Go to the Apple store. Apple no longer sells a desktop computer, just two all-in-ones and mac mini. Apple also only sells the Mac Pro workstation. That leaves, what? Tablets, phones, Apple TV, and laptops. There is a company doomed to fall like a rock.

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Paul_Lilly

Towards your point about limited abilities, it will be interesting to see where tablets will go from here. The latest models are already fast enough to handle all the things they're used for, and I don't think gaming can be the same driving force for faster hardware as it's been for traditional PCs.

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John Pombrio

Paul, the things that are limited are not just games. Trying to type long sentences (like this I guess, heh) is difficult on a virtual keyboard. Using regular programs gives the small screen not enough real estate to work with, try to touch the close window button for instance. Running several windows at a time on a tablet is impossible, heck even highlight, copy, and paste is a great exercise in frustration. Everything is slower, from reading mail and replying to screen capture to doing your finances.

Nav above seems to completely disagree with me tho and says that the tablet works great for these things. Maybe I am just too old to adapt.

I think my sister uses hers the best in our family as she likes to read mail, do Facebook, and play solitaire. The tablet is perfect for her.

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Ninjawithagun

John, you make some valid points with regards to the application flexibility of tablets on the market today. Especially with the limited functionality of virtual keyboards as part of doing 'real work' on a tablet. However, I think Microsoft has nailed it down pretty well with the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. They come with a real tactile keyboard (albeit slim version) that still beats using any virtual keyboard and doesn't take up extra space since it also does double duty as a screen cover. The processing power compared to the RISC-based processors is day and night. The Pro 2 uses an Intel Haswell mobile processor is far superior to any Snapdragon processor available on the market period. So, there is an existing solution for those looking for both a tablet and a productive computer. Microsoft is definitely on to something as you can see Asus also is aggressively pursuing this avenue as well and just announced several new models in the tablet/laptop product category...

http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_prepping_two_new_convertible_laptops

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MaximumMike

Who could have ever seen that one coming? And I though phablets were a product category no one wanted.

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acidic

how can this be ? the "perfect" sized phone was 3.5" but is now 4". soon it is rumored to be 4.7" & 5.5" once they are "invented". just more lies to try to downplay the most successful tech company's numbers.